Boardwalktech, a vendor of software for facilitating collaboration for global manufacturers, has developed a new version of its Boardwalk Collaboration Platform (BCP). Features include a reduction in the time required to update a database with new planning items, such as forecast SKUs for a given month. The release extends the application's "cloud"-based access control capabilities, allowing users to manage which rows and columns are visible to users. In addition, they can dynamically manage the amount and type of data that are active in a given collaboration between multiple users and systems. Such collaborative platform capabilities are now available via the desktop. Companies can enable manual, spreadsheet-based applications by coupling the data-process modeling and editing capabilities of Excel with a cloud-based database designed specifically to work with tabular data. BCP enables the sharing of data and formulas at the cell level between multiple users and systems from within Excel on the desktop. Using customers' existing data and process templates from the BCP library of process applications, companies can quickly configure and deploy applications that can support multiple users working inside Excel as a user interface, with the data managed, shared, auditable and secured through BCP's data-management environment.
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